Friday, January 26, 2018

Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires

[This review was originally published in 2009. It has been updated and revised.]

Other cats lounge around all day, doing nothing, empty of purpose. Not Binky. Binky has trained. Binky has prepared. Binky is now...a Space Cat! His mission is to go....Outside. Ordinary cats cannot go Outside. Only Space Cats. All his life, Binky has prepared for this mission; and he has defended his humans from evil aliens, namely, bugs. Now, he is ready for the ultimate mission! Or is he?

The panels are drawn in black, white, and gray with occasional small splashes of color. I admit that I still haven't quite figured out the ears. The deadpan delivery of both the art and text combine to add to the humor.

Why are cats so funny? We don't know. But they are. This book shows that, while ordinary cats are ordinarily funny, space-trained, alien-eating, human-defending, cuddle-loving Space Cats are even funnier!

Binky goes on to star in his own series, with a second series featuring the space cats (Fluffy strikes back) beginning in 2016. The years have flown by, but Binky is still funny and a popular choice for beginning chapter readers who like cats and my book club for younger grades.

Verdict: Hand this one to kids who like funny stories, cats, or both. If you have a small enough group, it would also make a hilarious read-aloud!

ISBN: 978-1554533091; Published August 2009 by Kids Can Press; Review copy provided by the publisher through Raab Associates

[update - the hardcover is now out of print, but Binky is still available in paperback and library bound editions.]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great one, Jennifer. I love funny stories and I think easy readers are much better when they have humor! Yet another one for my TBR pile!

Thanks for being part of the I Can Read carnival.